Stuck in Iraq? I don’t think so!

Iraq 

Be careful who you vote for: Character does matter! 

It came during a campaign rally for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides.

Former Presidential candidate John Kerry opened his speech at Pasadena City College with several one-liners, saying at one point that Bush had lived in Texas but now “lives in a state of denial.” He then said: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq. It disgusts me that a bunch of these Republican hacks who’ve never worn the uniform of our country are willing to lie about those who did.”

The White House released in advance remarks Bush was to deliver later in the day while campaigning in Georgia, in which the president called Kerry’s statement “insulting and shameful.” Bush, like his spokesman earlier, said soldiers deserve an apology from Kerry. “Our troops did not enlist because they did not study hard in school or do their homework,” Bush said in his prepared remarks for a former GOP congressman, Mac Collins, who is trying to oust Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall. “The men and women who serve in our all-volunteer armed forces are plenty smart and are serving because they are patriots.”

Kerry (along with his character) is considering another run for the White House in 2008. 

GOP Sen. John McCain, like Kerry a decorated Vietnam veteran and a potential 2008 rival, said while campaigning for Republican candidates in Indiana that “the suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq is an insult to every soldier serving in combat today.” 

(Selected quotes written by JENNIFER LOVEN  AP news)

Comments made later this morning:

“Of course I’m sorry about a botched joke. You think I love botched jokes?” Kerry said during an appearance on Don Imus’ nationally syndicated radio program. “I mean, you know, it’s pretty stupid.”

I would also like to ask the following:  Jokes are humerous and most entertaining when they are based in the truth. The fact of the matter is that President Bush graduated from Yale University with an MBA, is a trained F-102 pilot and was previously Governor of Texas. At this point one has to ask: If it is a joke, what’s the punchline? 

President Bush may not be a polished speaker but he is genuine. Then again, John Kerry apparently has a little buffing up to do himself!

Lesson: Choose you words carefully and own up to your mistakes promptly.

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